Chennai: Madras HC has directed the state government and the Chennai corporation to bring in an amendment to make it mandatory for all future hoardings and banners to display whether permission has been granted.
The First Bench Comprising Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice PT Asha, before which a PIL from social activist ‘Traffic’ KR Ramaswamy came up for hearing on Friday, said that the government and the corporation of Chennai shall consider within six months for an amendment to the rules making it mandatory for all further display of hoardings and banners to indicate whether permission has been granted and if so the date, number and other particulars of the permission to enable the authorities to take stringent action against unauthorised erection and display of hoardings and banners.
The bench has observed that there is no need to entertain this PIL as the court has already passed several orders in the issue. The bench also noted that since there are several decisions of the court in the above matter there is no need to entertain another writ petition.
The bench said “needless to mention that the banners and hoardings can only be put up in strict compliance of the provisions of law after getting requisite approvals or permissions.”
Ramasamy, in the petition, submitted the despite the court ban on illegal banners, they were erected repeatedly posting threat to the people. He alleged ruling party also erects illegal banners and authorities fail to action against the violators. He said Chennai has been a victim to numerous display boards. The civic authorities either collude with the violators or turn blind eye to these violations, he alleged.